projects and activities for delicious landscaping at and around Mairangi Arts Centre, and "around here"...
The Delicious Landscape Project is a programme of free public workshops and activities at and around Mairangi Arts Centre, with a focus on the creative and community-building possibilities of food.
Activities include preserving, juicing, utensil carving, ceramics, neighbourhood feasts, educational walks, and DIY permaculture gardening projects around MAC.
This project is an experimental and exploratory first step to develop awareness and "dig out" interested parties, with a view towards developing an ongoing programme around the multi-sensory medium of food.
Main collaborators: Chris Berthelsen, Tracey Sunderland, Shota Matsumura, Jack Tilson, and Rain Zuo/Galaxy Crafting Workshop.
the utsuwa, vessel, holder contributes much to what it contains.
snacking on out-of-control plants in a weird public berm-side offering of friendship, refreshment, and new tastes
celebrate the Year of the Dog
making your own utensils is meditative. it makes you concentrate on the act of eating and brings pleasure in never-finished objects and iterative crafting. it adds another layer to your everyday experience.
exercise for getting to know plants and learning that "delicious" is not always related to taste
delivery of "stumbled upon" veges in the Mairangi Arts Centre bush/hugelkultur patch
Based on: The One Straw Revolution: An Introduction to Natural Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka
Let's learn and do about "do-nothing" gardening together in this group which combines reading and talking with practical "do-nothing" exercises in the Mairangi Art Centre gardens (hint and warning: "do-nothing" does not exactly mean doing nothing!)
wine from unglazed vessels of Mairangi Bay clay. Lack of glaze causes aeration for enhanced flavor and leaves stain memories on your wares
steep dandelion flowers in hot water for soothing tea and vivid color. add sugar for PUNCH. to each their own...
your taste "sensations" to your neighbours (here, free a ginger beer tasting stall and recipe dispensary)
another style of home brew with donated tools
a friendly and improvised kakureya (Japanese: hidden spot) for slow and convivial eating, luring neighbours in off the street with a sign, using donated or improvised utensils, foraged common weeds, junk food, and canned #####
bath from local residential rennovation, fire tin an oil can from local restaurant, skewers washed and reused from community yakitori feast, marshmallows from junk food aisle of local "super" market. Contraption by local weirdo, repurposed for more pleasures by kids.
nasturtium leaves/flowers, onion weed (wild garlic) flowers/roots/stems, puha
cut of roots of store-bought spring onions and leave in water to create infinite supply
(Glebionis coronaria, formerly called Chrysanthemum coronarium, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family.)
always-growing menu at berm-side feast. new friends add their contribution to the menu as they arrive - a slightly wonky, out-of-countrol, and quite mysterious mix
mammoth, unruly, sun shade built at Rangitoto Kindergarten during Making Friends project
ginger beer all year round and onion weeds from ANY park (that is not poisoned by chemicals) in spring
boil up a bunch in water with appropriate amount of sugar to form thick cordial (not toffee!). chill. mix with chilled water/soda water for weed lemonade that ACTUALLY is a treat
delicious treat for spring/summer, unexpectedly cut down and ground to nothing by council maintenance team one day. experience teaches us to notice and savour the various levels that our city infrastructures work on
with wild flowers in morning meditation session, explore your surrounds in fine detail
plums from fallen fruit at Rangitoto Kindergarten during sun-shade making workshop with waste fabric, summer-time.
we took a chance on pleasure and taste, making kawakawa-infused oranges, and a peel + kawakawa tea using resources from the neighbourhood.